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mich >> your realtime captioner: linda marie macdonald. hi, everyone. good afternoon. i'm frank mallicoat. >> and i'm elizabeth wenger. michelle griego is off. we begin with some breaking news. there is a possible breakthrough in the investigation into the boston marathon bombing. >> cbs news has learned that a possible suspect or person of interest may have been identified. cbs reporter randall pinkston is live in boston. he has the very latest on the
investigation and a possible suspect. randall. >> reporter: cbs news has learned that investigators have identified a suspect who may have been behind the bombings tow boston marathon. his face was caught on surveillance video. cbs news confirms a possible suspect has been identified in the boston marathon bombing case. a law enforcement force says the young man was identified at the surveillance video at the second blast seen on a cell phone at the same time the first bomb exploded. sources say investigators zeroed in on the suspect after checking cell phone records in the area at that exact time. fbi photos from the boston marathon bombing investigation show the remains of an explosive device including twisted pieces of metal charred wires and a battery. one photo shows a half inch nail and part of a zipper stained with blood. the items are now being analyzed at fbi headquarters in virginia. >> there, specialized examiners
will reconstruct the device or devices and determine the makeup and components. >> reporter: investigators say the bombs were heavy and carried to the scene in black nylon bags. they were pressure cooker bombs packed with shrapnel, the lid of one apparently blew into the roof of a nearby building. similar devices have been used in middle east terrorist attacks. the pressure cookers briefly constrained the blast and when the pressure is released, they can send heavy pieces of metal flying through the air. three people were killed and more than 170 injured in the blast. this morning, doctors at boston medical center said they performed amputations on five victims. they have also been removing debris from victims. >> some are metal, some plastic, some wood, some concrete. >> reporter: president obama will be in boston tomorrow to attend a memorial service for the victims. what is not yet clear is whether there is more than one person involved in the plot. authorities continued to request assistance from the public asking for tips to try to track down those responsible
for the bombings. reporting live in boston, i'm randall pinkston, back to you. >> thank you. we are expecting a news conference from the fbi on the latest developments coming up later today. here's what we know now. sources say a suspect or person of interest has been identified less than 48 hours after the deadly attack in boston. the man signed in the surveillance video at the second blast location, sources say he was seen placing a backpack on the ground while talking on his cell phone. the man was wearing a black jacket, a gray hooded sweatshirt. he also had a baseball cap on backwards. sources say kitchen pressure cookers were packed with explosives, nails and other lethal shrapnel and used during the explosion. of course, we'll have more on this developing story on the news at 5:00 and you can also follow the story at our website, kpix.com. online scammers are already looking to profit from the
boston marathon bombings. dozens of charity websites were created shortly after the attack. experts say it's too early to tell if the sites are legitimate. scams are more likely on social media. do your homework before donating money. and we have an update now on the martinez boy who was injured in boston. aaron hern's mother reports on facebook that her 12-year-old son has opened his eyes, a couple of times. she says he has communicated with nods that he is okay, he is comfortable. aaron is due to have surgery sometime today. he is expected to remain in boston for at least another week. some developing news out of washington, d.c. this hour. security is on high alert after the discovery of a suspicious letter addressed to the president. kpix 5 reporter anne makovec is live in the newsroom with what authorities have found so far. >> reporter: initial tests on the letters to president obama indicate the presence of the
poison ricin. three questionable packages will be sent to senate office buildings in the last 24 hours and numerous reports of suspicious letters one in michigan, one in arizona and two suspicious letter sent the phoenix office of u.s. senator jeff flake. parts of the building were evacuated but the letters are of no threat. this round of scares comes after two others this week. the suspicious letter a dressed to president obama was found at the same facility where a letter to senator roger wicker was found yesterday, a processing facility in suburban maryland where congressional mail is tested before going to the capital. an employee noticed a white substance on the letter and hazmat team was seen pulling up to the building. initial field tests for ricin showed mixed results. no one at the facility became ill. >> when preliminary tests are done, secondary -- and i suppose tertiary tests are made
because of the need for accuracy and to be sure about what the substances might be. >> reporter: in a bulletin obtained by the "associated press" the fbi says the letters to obama and senator wicker were postmarked memphis, tennessee, both letters say, quote, to see a wrong and not expose it is to become a silent partner to its continuance. both are signed, i am kc and i approve this message. >> reporter: investigators are giving few details about the case but wicker's colleague, senator claire mccaskill, says police have a suspect. she told reporters, quote, the person that is a suspect writes a lot of letters to members. but as far as the connection to the boston bombing, authorities say no. >> i would point to the statement by the fbi as you said that they have made that said they have no indication of a connection between the two. >> reporter: this is not the first ricin scare on capitol hill. in 2004, a letter sent to senate majority leader bill frist made it to the capital and senate office buildings
were shut down for days. you may be wondering what is ricin? it is a poison found naturally in castor beans and in high doses it can be fatal if ingested or inhaled. lab tests on these letters are expected to take 24 to 48 hours. in the newsroom, anne makovec, kpix 5. >> is any of this affecting normal business at the capital today? >> reporter: there is a heavy police presence at the capital did you they are still doing tours. it's unclear right now whether or not senators will receive their mail tomorrow and friday. there's been some talk of all of that being postponed so everything can be properly tested. >> certainly understand. anne makovec live in our newsroom, thank you. it appears any celebrating for bipartisan bills to tighten gun control is over. with roll call now about an hour away, sponsors of the bill say the votes aren't there. the bill would extend background checks to nearly all gun purchases. now republicans are pushing a counterproposal. so how do voters feel?
an "associated press" poll shows 49% of americans are in favor of tougher gun laws. that is down from 58% in january. ♪[ music ] margaret thatcher was laid to rest today in london. more than 2,000 people along with queen elizabeth attended the former prime minister's funeral. thatcher held office from 1979 to 1990. the conservative leader's funeral was also met by protestors. she died earlier this month. margaret thatcher was 87. a blaring car alarm helped save a family from a house fire on the peninsula. the flames gutted a san mateo home and garage this morning. the man was actually up getting ready for work around 3:30 a.m. when he heard the car alarm go off. he ran out, saw his car on fire and the father then ran back in the house and got his wife and seven children out safely. well, a bay area icon has moved into its new digs
officially at pier 15 in san francisco. and kpix 5 reporter elissa harrington is live at the exploratorium with the opening day's festivities. are there big crowds? >> reporter: yeah, a lot of smiles at the new exploratorium today not only from the kids but their parents, city leaders and exploratorium staff delighted to open the doors to their one of a kind museum. >> what an amazing journey. [ applause ] >> reporter: a journey that started more than a decade ago with an idea, then a promise in 2006 to build. and now nearly $300 million of renovations later, the new exploratorium is officially open. [ bell ] >> yeah! [ applause ] >> reporter: exploratorium directors mayor lee and lieutenant governor newsom spoke outside the museum's new home along san francisco's waterfront at piers 15 and 17, expressing their gratitude to the board of directors and community. >> thank you for making this a dream, making this dream a reality for children and adults in our city and around the
world. >> what world are we living? that's the question we should be asking ourselves every, single day. and in so many ways, that will be answered within these walls. >> reporter: the exploratorium is world-renowned for its hands-on exhibits for exampling on science and art. visitors can touch, play and invent. >> the exploratorium is not a place but an idea. an idea and a way of thinking to change the way the world learns. >> reporter: it first opened in 1969 at the city's palace of fine arts. it moved to make more space. now three times larger, filled with classrooms and 600 exhibits, 150 of those brand- new including a fog bridge across the 150-foot pedestrian bridge, a dancing robot, an animation station where visitors can create videos to be uploaded to youtube. >> this wonderful learning public laboratory where we get to invent and create things all the time and now we have this beautiful new platform on which
to do that work. >> reporter: and mayor lee officially named april 27, 2013, exploratorium day in san francisco. elissa harrington, kpix 5. >> three times as large as the old one, huge. for people who make it out on opening day today, anything special happening for visitors. >> reporter: you know, there are a lot of freebies today. the first 200 visitors got in free. there are outside exhibits if you don't want to pay to go in. also, tonight when it gets dark, they will actually be projecting video on the building itself, even if you are walking by you can see it and there will be a performance at 8:30 in the outside gallery. the exploratorium closes at 10:00 tonight. back to you. >> make sure you use public transportation. parking is difficult at the embarcadero. thank you. coming up, a blast from the past. the rock and roll legends headlining a bay area music festival coming up this summer. >> i just think if you do it in moderation, then it's perfectly
acceptable. >> and light drinking may not harm babies. what's considered a safe amount for expectant mothers. >> hi, i'm meteorologist lawrence karnow in the kpix 5 weather center. we have some wind-swept skies clear all the way to the coastline. might be surprised how warm these temperatures are going to get. we'll talk about that coming up. ,,,,,,,,,, [ birds chirping ]
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are polluting our environment. [ sniffing ] [ seagulls squawking ] pregnant woman may not haveo give-up alcohol. cbs reporter welcome back. in today's healthwatch, a new study shows pregnant women may not have to give up alcohol. cbs reporter alison harmelin with the experts who say, light drinking may not be harmful to babies. >> reporter: first time mother sarah little made sure to eat a balanced diet while she was
pregnant with baby aaron. the 31-year-old would also have an occasional drink. >> i had a glass of wine, i don't know, once every month? once every six weeks? just to enjoy with friends or relax. >> reporter: a new study suggests a little alcohol isn't harmful to a baby's development. researchers in england compared 10,000 seven-year-olds. a quarter had mothers who drank lightly. the others didn't. >> we looked at children's social, emotional and intellectual development and felt there were no differences in terms of harmful effects. >> reporter: heavy alcohol son sumtion during pregnancy is long linked to health and developmental problems in children. researchers have only resently begun to look at light drinking one to two drinks a week. the study says pregnant women can drink a small glass of wine every week or half pint of beer. more research needs to be done to see if any developmental problems emerge later in childhood. some women say no drink is
worth it. >> i fear that there would be some damage quite honestly so i don't want to risk it. >> if it's even a slight risk then it's too much. >> reporter: sarah little says everyone is entitled to his own opinion. >> i just think if you do it in moderation, it's perfectly acceptable. >> reporter: baby aaron is now nine weeks old. the -- bab erin is nine weeks old and healthy. alison harmelin cbs news. >> researchers say there is no statistically significant difference between babies of mothers who drink and don't drink. always check the vacation schedule to see when lawrence is off. >> these next couple of days i'll be gone! it's going to be good. plenty of sunshine around the bay area. today we have some wind-swept skies that means we cleared out the low clouds and the fog.
more of an offshore wind and northerly component out there to bring you plenty of sunshine. temperatures already beginning to warm up nicel 65 concord, 64 san francisco. blowing winds a bit. overlooking san jose some winds in that direction, as well. those to 28 miles per hour gusting to 33. that's the highest in fairfield right now. 28 in napa. and 21 miles per hour in concord. it will be breezy throughout the afternoon. no getting around that. but still, it's going to be warmer today and then tonight, should be mostly clear and that warming trend will continue over the next few days lots of sunshine coming our way. and i think a lot less wind, too. this ridge is going to start to build in across the state of california and along the west coast. that is going to keep us dry with some much warmer temperatures expected. wouldn't be surprised to get near 80 by tomorrow afternoon. of course, everything is growing now and so the pollen count is running high. so yeah, don't be surprised to see the allergies over the next few days running high, as well.
temperatures around the bay area today, 69 in milpitas, but about 72 in san jose. 70 morgan hill. 62 degrees in pacifica. east bay temperatures in the 70s in many spots. inside the bay, the winds will be kicking up but not too bad. 71 oakland. 65 san francisco. 72 santa rosa. as we look out over the next couple of days, temperatures continue to rise. probably going to see some 80s as we head in toward the end of this week. in fact, this weekend maybe temperatures in the mid-80s on sunday and monday. if you are heading out to the game today, kpix 5's roberta gonzales is live with a special honor for the cal women's basketball team. >> reporter: amazing day out here. the winds are finally beginning to dial back and according to our mobile weather, it is 67 degrees here at o.co coliseum where our number one oakland as in the american west division are playing host to the houston astros. we pulled up mobile weather to
these people right here, the alameda county firefighters. >> whoo! >> reporter: and they are everywhere! >> whoo! >> reporter: now, these guys are out here for a special reason today. one of their ex-captain's son is the catcher for the houston astros. but they're not cheering for the astros today, are you, guys? >> no!! >> reporter: there's also another big doing going on here at the coliseum today. it is the cal berkeley women's basketball team. you remember those fine ladies. they headed to new orleans for the final four in the ncaa competition. they were in the final four. they did get beat by the university of louisiana but nevertheless, they are still big-time champions in our hearts and they're tossing out first pitch at this game today that starts at 12:35. again, it's our number one oakland as about a game up, game and a half up on the texas rangers. they are playing home, the third game against the houston astros going for the sweep, guys. >> whoo!
>> reporter: now, i just want to know, what does a firefighter tailgate with? is there any food here? where's your food? somebody bring me one of your fame out brats! i mean, come on! all of a sudden the camera comes on and you hide the food! here you go. this is for you michelle, frank and lawrence back in the studio. reporting for mobile weather, roberta gonzales, kpix 5! bring it back, i want to eat, it's lunchtime! >> guess we don't get a hot dog. >> guess not. >> can't tell who is having more fun out there. >> can you tell roberta is married to a sports guy? coming up, tickets for outside lands, coming up.
story well, today's tip well, today's tip of the day is going to be is basil. basele is for pesto or caprese salad. you have to select it right for the wonderful flavor that basil has. when you buy it, green like this all the way around, free from any yellowing whatsoever. like a fresh bunch of cut flowers, no decaying whatsoever. you don't want to put it in the refrigerator in a plastic bag. now what that does? it will turn black. you don't want that. all you do is cut the bottom put it in a glass of water in the kitchen, a little cellophane over it but that way the basil stays fresh for two
or three days. and the kitchen smells like italy. basil in the kitchen? that's a good thing. basil in the market it's spring, enjoy. i'm tony tantillo, your fresh grocer. and always remember to eat fresh and stay healthy. ,,,,,,,,,,,,
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music and arts festival in san francisco. people will like this, too. some really big headliner names for the sixth annual festival. paul mccartney, red-hot chilly pitchers, nine inch nails, red- hot chili peppers. tickets go on sale at noon tomorrow. >> mccartney still going? >> doing a great job. >> that's it for the kpix 5 news at noon. captions by: caption colorado firstname.lastname@example.org ,,
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